ARI Hosted Fourth Annual Utility Fleet Forum

ARI proud­ly host­ed its fourth annu­al Util­i­ty Fleet Forum March 25 – 27 in Grapevine, Texas. Atten­dees includ­ed fleet man­agers and per­son­nel from some of North America’s lead­ing util­i­ties as well as ARI’s team of util­i­ty fleet spe­cial­ists.

“To help ensure atten­dees have a tru­ly valu­able expe­ri­ence, we sur­vey guests pri­or to the forum to struc­ture an agen­da that includes top­ics and learn­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties that they have iden­ti­fied as crit­i­cal areas of focus,” said Bill Doman, depart­ment head, sales sup­port for ARI. “The Util­i­ty Forum has grown tremen­dous­ly over the course of its first four years with the fleet man­agers in atten­dance real­ly embrac­ing the oppor­tu­ni­ty to learn from their peers and our experts. We are all very excit­ed to see how the event will con­tin­ue to evolve in the com­ing years.”

Paul Mar­shall, logis­tics man­ag­er for Para­co Gas, attend­ed the forum for the first time and found the ses­sions immense­ly help­ful. “As some­one who is new to the fleet side of the busi­ness, it was inter­est­ing to see how oth­er orga­ni­za­tions tack­le sim­i­lar chal­lenges. It was a great oppor­tu­ni­ty to see how oth­er fleets in the indus­try oper­ate and col­lab­o­rat­ing with oth­er fleet man­agers sparked ideas and strate­gies that I can cer­tain­ly envi­sion incor­po­rat­ing into our dai­ly fleet oper­a­tions,” remarked Mar­shall.

Also attend­ing the Util­i­ty Fleet Forum for the first time was Pat Scan­ga, direc­tor, sup­ply ser­vices with Ontario Pow­er Gen­er­a­tion, who enjoyed the var­i­ous per­spec­tives brought to the con­ver­sa­tion by his peers. “Being rel­a­tive­ly new to fleet, I wel­comed the chance to see the vari­ety of ways sim­i­lar fleets are man­aged. Every­one con­tributed some­thing unique to the dis­cus­sion and the expe­ri­ences shared dur­ing the course of the two days were invalu­able,” said Scan­ga.

ARI’s Util­i­ty Fleet team, who helped mod­er­ate the two-day event, is com­prised of indus­try vet­er­ans with spe­cif­ic knowl­edge and exper­tise in the util­i­ty fleet sec­tor. These indi­vid­u­als work with util­i­ty fleets of any size, type and com­plex­i­ty to help them max­i­mize effi­cien­cy and reduce oper­at­ing costs, ulti­mate­ly help­ing to keep vehi­cles on the road per­form­ing their intend­ed func­tion. The ARI team has expe­ri­ence work­ing with fleets from every util­i­ty sec­tor includ­ing elec­tric, gas, co-op, water, propane and telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions and has a proven track record of deliv­er­ing impact­ful results.

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